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June 15, 2010

2009-2010 Season - 2010 MEN'S GOLF REVIEW

Kyle Weigand led the Vikings in scoring with a 80.2 average in the 2010 men's golf season. He shared the Most Valuable Player award with teammate Phil Litchfield.

The Augustana men’s golf team finished the 2009-10 campaign with an overall record of 57-71 after competing in 10 events throughout the season.  The team’s best showing was a first place performance at the Vike-Fire-Scott Triangular last fall. The team also placed fifth out of 16 teams at the Prairie Fire Classic in the fall and ninth out of 19 squads at the Scot-Fire Classic this spring.

Junior Kyle Weigand (Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill.) turned in an impressive 80.2 scoring average with a total of 1,364 strokes in 17 rounds of action. His lowest score of 73 came at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular where he took medalist honors in the 30 player field. Weigand was the lone Viking to earn a top individual finish during the season. He also tied for 13 th in an 85 player field at the Prairie Fire Classic and tied for 33 rd out of 99 golfers at the Scot-Fire Classic to close out the year.

Junior Phil Litchfield (Benet Academy, Darien, Ill.) finished close behind Weigand with an 80.8 scoring average. He competed in 18 rounds and took 1,455 strokes. Litchfield had a season best round of 71 in the final round of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Championship Meet, placing 20 th overall and second for the Vikings. His score of 71 was the lowest score of the season for the entire squad. Litchfield tied for 16 th out of 74 players at the Cress Creek Invitational and finished in a tie for 18 th at the 99 player Scott-Fire Classic.

Sophomore Jordan Henry (Erie HS, Erie, Ill.) closed out the season with an 81.6 scoring average. He fired 1,305 shots in 16 rounds on the course. Henry’s season low round also came in the final round of the CCIW Championship Meet when he shot a 73 and tied for 15 th to lead Augustana. Two rounds in the 70’s at the Prairie Fire Classic gave him a tie for 19 th in the 85 player event in one of his other top performances of the year.

Freshman Jeff Paustian (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) turned in a strong year in his first campaign with the Blue & Gold. He tallied a scoring average of 81.9 after hitting 1,393 shots in 17 rounds of play. Paustian’s best round of the season was a 74 that he shot in the opening round of the Augustana Invitational this spring on his way to a tie for 16 th in the 74 player field. He also tied for sixth out of 30 golfers at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular and finished in a tie for 33 rd in a 124 player field at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Invitational.

Junior Ted Keopple (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) completed the year with an 82.1 scoring average after shooting 1,067 shots in 13 rounds of action. He opened the season on fire with a pair of 76’s, finishing in a tie for 30 th at the 109 player Duane Chaney Invitational and in a tie for second at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular. His best score of the spring was a 77 in the first round of the Augustana Invitational. Keopple went on to place in a tie for 29 th out of 78 players.

Freshman Jon Grchan (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) finished up a fine first year at Augustana with an 83.2 scoring average. He made 1,165 shots in 14 rounds and had a low score of 75. His 75 came in the first round of the Augustana Invitational and eventually led to a 21 st place showing in the 78 player event. He also tied for 11 th out of 30 golfers at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular.

Junior Cole Wells (Tri-Valley HS, Downs, Ill.) concluded his season with an 83.9 scoring average. He competed in 16 rounds and took 1,342 strokes. Wells’ best round was a 76 that he fired in the final round of the season at the Scot-Fire Classic, finishing in a tie for 53 rd out of 99 golfers. His best finish was a tie for sixth out of 30 players at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular last fall.

Weigand and Litchfield shared the team’s Most Valuable Player award by a vote of their teammates at the conclusion of the season. Keopple was the Most Improved Player and Paustian was the Newcomer of the Year.

 

2010 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN TOURNAMENT
April 16-17, 2010 ** Country Club of Decatur ** Decatur, Illinois
April 30-May 1, 2010 ** Bolingbrook Golf Club ** Bolingbrook, Illinois

Place

Team

R. 1

R. 2

R. 3

R. 4

Total

1.

Illinois Wesleyan

297

298

321

301

1217

2.

Millikin

295

307

342

299

1243

3.

Carthage

309

311

337

293

1250

4.

Wheaton

302

301

347

303

1253

5.

North Central

314

305

339

317

1275

T-6.

Augustana

322

327

343

300

1292

T-6.

North Park

308

318

352

314

1292

8.

Elmhurst

316

324

351

323

1314

 

Place

Individual

Team

R. 1

R. 2

R. 3

R. 4

Total

1.

Ryan Dorner

Illinois Wesleyan

70

70

83

74

297

2.

Matt Wennmaker

Illinois Wesleyan

74

75

76

73

298

3.

Nick Guido

North Central

74

76

81

72

303

4.

Dex Reese

Illinois Wesleyan

73

76

82

75

306

5.

J.B. Spillane

Millikin

73

73

84

77

307

6.

Donnie Langland

Carthage

74

76

86

73

309

7.

Steven Moore

Wheaton

80

73

86

71

310

8.

Sean Liston

Millikin

70

80

86

76

312

9.

Dan Downey

Wheaton

74

77

86

76

313

10.

Ben Schroeder

Carthage

77

81

81

75

314

T-15.

Jordan Henry

AUGUSTANA

78

82

85

73

318

20.

Phil Litchfield

AUGUSTANA

82

87

81

71

321

T-29.

Jeff Paustian

AUGUSTANA

81

81

84

84

330

T-34.

Jon Grchan

AUGUSTANA

81

82

94

82

339

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Kyle Weigand

AUGUSTANA

--

--

93

74

DNF

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Cole Wells

AUGUSTANA

86

82

--

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DNF

2009-10 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – Phil Litchfield & Kyle Weigand
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Ted Keopple
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Jeff Paustian

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHERS IN INVITATIONALS
09/17/09 @ Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular – 1 st…Kyle Weigand with 73; T-2 nd…Ted Keopple with 76; T-6th…Jeff Paustian & Cole Wells with 79
10/06/09 @ Red Poling Collegiate Classic – 7 th…Ted Keopple with 78

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand